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Old 03-08-2010   #1
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North Fork Payette

Does anyone have any beta regarding the north fork of the payette (lower5) this time of year??

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Old 03-08-2010   #2
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Grant Amaral kind of runs this site and there should be quite a bit of stuff about the Payette. Or sign up and see who is running it.
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Old 03-08-2010   #3
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Flow information is available here: Payette River Flows - Kayak Idaho. Another resource for more information is the idahowhitewater yahoo group - it's a bit more active than the kayakidaho forum.
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Old 03-08-2010   #4
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The North fork is still really low. The lower five is the widest section therefor the boniest right now. The upper five would be your best bet if it wasnt iced over in a few spots. Locals have been running the middle five lately. Its been around 400 cfs. Very rocky and creaky feeling.
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Old 03-09-2010   #5
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Here's the page, for flows on the North Fork check "NF @ Banks." Payette River Flows - Kayak Idaho

Above 400 is creeky fun on the Upper 5 if it is not covered with snow. My personal minimum for the Lower 5 is about 1,000 just because it's so wide and boney below that. The middle is doable at these flows, but its definitely boat abusive and, in my opinion, pretty sketch due to lots of pin potential.
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